ESA's Self-Healing Spacecraft
January 23, 2006 1:10 AM
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Hollow microfibres will seep liquid adhesive if a puncture occures - Coutesy of ESA
Spaceships are expensive and hard to repair - the ESA is working on programs to have spacecraft "heal" themselves
Researchers at the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Bristol, as a part of the ESA's General Studies Programme, may have made a step in the right direction towards the possibility of a
. The researchers apparently got the idea from how human skin heals itself:
When we cut ourselves we don't have to glue ourselves back together, instead we have a self-healing mechanism. Our blood hardens to form a protective seal for new skin to form underneath.
This was done by replacing a small percent of the fibres running through a resinous composite material with hollow fibres that contain adhesive materials. One of the advantages of a self-healing spacecraft is that it is more likely that NASA could launch longer duration space missions.
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RE: The future is NOW.
1/23/2006 3:06:46 PM
The goal is to save the spacecraft, not lives =p
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